Performance Assessment of Green Rated Built Environment Using Post Occupancy Evaluation: New Perspectives

Performance Assessment of Green Rated Built Environment Using Post Occupancy Evaluation: New Perspectives

Green Building Rating System is one of the important mechanisms developed in last few decades worldwide to achieve sustainability in Built Environment life cycle. The early generations of Green Rated Built Environment from India have occupied for several years now. Therefore, it has become inevitable to assess whether these Built Environment are living up to expectations in their objective terms. Post Occupancy Evaluation is a process of systematic monitoring of building’s performance with predefined parameters and objectives after it is occupied for few years. Present research focuses on assessment of Green Rated Built Environment on the basis of Performance Parameters. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Energy Efficiency are two Performance Parameters identified for present research. Seven Green Rated Institutional/office projects have been selected for Post Occupancy Evaluation. Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has rated three projects and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) has rated remaining four projects. All seven Green Rated Built Environments are located in warm and humid climatic zone of India. Questionnaire Survey, on site measurement of Indoor Environmental Quality parameters and Energy Consumption Records are selected as a tool to assess performance of Green Rated Built Environment. The outcome of Post Occupancy Evaluation implemented on identified Green Rated Built Environment establishes a fact that award of Green Rating to a Built Environment will only achieve its sustainability objective if performance of Green Rated Built Environment is periodically monitored and validated with respect to identified parameters and their local standard provisions.

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Dr.S. G. Sonar
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Pune-05, India.

Mr. R. V. Nalawade
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Pune-05, India.

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